Faculty

 

Victoria E. Abraira, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience

W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience

Fundamental principles of sensory neurobiology; spinal cord circuits

 

Janet Alder, PhD
Associate Professor, Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Director of Graduate Academic and Student Affairs
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Trophic factors and neuropeptides in neuronal development, psychiatric disorders and traumatic brain injury

Gary Aston-Jones, PhD
Director, Rutgers Brain Health Institute
Charlotte and Murray Strongwater Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and Brain Health
Rutgers University and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Cognition and addiction

 

Annika Barber, PhD

Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Waksman Institute Rutgers University

Neural signal integration in Drosophila behavioral circuits

 

David Barker, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychology; Brain HEalth Institute

Rutgers University

Neural circuits involved in psychiatric disorders

 

Maureen M. Barr, PhD
Professor, Genetics
Rutgers University
Sensory biology, innate behaviors, and neuroplasticity in C. elegans

Nicholas T. Bello, PhD
Associate Professor, Animal Sciences
Rutgers University
Neural basis for food preferences and metabolic control of feeding behavior

 

Kasia Bieszczad, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Rutgers University
Neurobiological substrates of learning and memory

 

Detlev Boison, PhD

Professor, Neurosurgery

Vice Chair of Research & Training, Dept. of Neurosurgery

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/New Jersey Medical School

Core Member, Brain Health Institute

Metabolism and disease modification in epilepsy and traumatic brain injury

 

Qian Cai, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Rutgers University
Autophagy-lysosomal regulation in neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration

David P. Crockett, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Spinal cord injury; Traumatic brain injury: Neural plasticity

 

Brian Daniels, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Rutgers University

Infection and inflammation in the central nervous system

 

Gabriella D’Arcangelo, PhD
Associate Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Rutgers University
Molecular mechanisms of neuronal proliferation, differentiation and migration

 

Robin L. Davis, PhD
Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Executive Vice Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers University
Sensory signaling and ontogeny, as related to molecular mechanisms that regulate auditory function

Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, MD
Professor, Neuroscience and Cell Biology/Pediatrics Neurology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Cellular and molecular regulation of neurogenesis; animal models of autism; effects of environmental factors on brain development

Cheryl F. Dreyfus, PhD
Distinguished Professor & Chair, Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Role of trophic factors in neural cell survival and death

Monica Driscoll, PhD
Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Rutgers University
Molecular genetics of neurodegeneration and aging; mechanotransduction

Isaac Edery, PhD
Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Rutgers University/Resident Member Center for Advanced Biotechnology & Medicine
Biological clocks; photic signal transduction; Drosophila behavior; circadian rhythms; PAS-containing transcription factors

Bonnie Firestein, PhD
Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Rutgers University
Regulation of dendritic morphology; targeting of neuronal proteins and the neuronal cytoskeleton; iPSC technology to model schizophrenia and autism; microelectrode array analysis of neural circuitry

 

Martin Grumet, PhD
Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Rutgers University, W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience
Neural stem cells, development of neurons and glia, and spinal cord  injury

Ron Hart, PhD
Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Rutgers University, W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience
MicroRNA modulation of neural stem cell gene expression networks

Shu-Chan Hsu, PhD
Associate Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Rutgers University
Molecular mechanisms of vesicle trafficking underlying synaptic development and function

Rafiq Huda, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Rutgers University

Neural circuit basis of adaptive behavior; cell-specific circuits

 

Arnold Hyndman
Professor, Biological Sciences
Rutgers University
Neural development, the role of transferrin in the development of the chick retina

 

Kenneth D. Irvine, PhD
Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Waksman Institute
Cell signaling; pattern formation; growth control; cell movement; developmental glycobiology

 

Peng Jiang, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Rutgers University

Stem cells as a model of brain development and disease; stem cell regenerative medicine for neural repair

 

William Johnson, MD
Professor of Neurology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Identifying genes and pathways for human nervous system disorders, e.g., neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases

 

Eunsung Junn, PhD

Assistant Professor, Neurology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Molecular pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson’s disease

 

Anna B. Konova, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, UBHC & Brain Health Institute

Rutgers University

Human addiction, brain imaging, decision neuroscience, computational psychiatry

 

Alexander Kusnecov, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology                        
Rutgers University
Behavior and CNS reactivity to immune stimuli of ORL-1 knockout mice

 

Kelvin Kwan, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Rutgers University

Molecular basis of hair cell regeneration

 

John K-J Li, PhD
Professor II, Biomedical Engineering
Rutgers University
Ischemia and oxygenation; neural control of circulation; stress and biofeedback; bilmedical modeling and devices.

Peter Lobel, PhD
Professor, Pharmacology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Resident Member Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine
Lysosomal biology, neurodegenerative diseases, and proteomics

M. Chiara Manzini, PhD

Associate Professor, Neuroscience and Cell Biology

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - CHINJ

Genetic and molecular analysis of signaling in cognitive deficits

 

David J. Margolis, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Rutgers University
Imaging neurons, circuit function and plasticity in mouse neocortex in vivo


Joseph Martin, PhD
Professor & Chair Department of Biology
Rutgers University
Physiological significance, especially in sleep and wakefulness, of steroidal or thyroid hormonal control of a GABA receptor

Michael Matise, PhD
Associate Professor, Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Molecular genetic control of vertebrate CNS development

John McGann, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Rutgers University
Neuroscience of smell; optical imaging; cellular/systems/behavioral/sensory neuroscience

Randall McKinnon, PhD
Associate Professor, Surgery
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Trophic regulation of oligodendrocyte development and repair

James Millonig, PhD
Associate Professor, Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Senior Associate Dean Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Science
Resident Member Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Use of human and mouse genetics to understand the biological basis of human disorders such as autism and neural tube defects (NTDs)

M. Maral Mouradian, MD
Director, Center for Neurodegenerative and Neuroimmunologic Diseases
William Dow Lovett Professor of Neurology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Molecular pathogenesis and novel therapeutic interventions in Parkinson's disease

Timothy A. Otto, PhD
Professor I, Psychology
Rutgers University
Neurobiology of memory; synaptic plasticity; rodent olfactory learning

 

Abdelfattah El Ouaamari, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medicine

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - CHINJ

Neurons, insulin-producing cells, glucose homeostasis and diabetes

 

Richard W. Padgett, PhD
Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Rutgers University – Waksman Institute
TGFß signaling in development and cancer; trafficking of receptors; microRNAs in growth control; Drosophila and C. elegans

Ping-Yue Pan, PhD

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience and Cell Biology

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Dopaminergic nerve terminal function and its deregulation in disease conditions

 

Zhiping Pang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - CHINJ
Mechanisms of synaptic regulation: from stem cell to the brain

Thomas Papathomas, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Rutgers University
Motion, stereo and texture perception; modeling in vision; scientific visualization and image processing

John Pintar, PhD
Professor and Director of Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Genetic and microarray analysis of endogenous opioid systems; insulin-like growth factor systems in development and cancer; post-translational processing enzymes

Mark R. Plummer, PhD
Professor & Co-Associate Chair, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Rutgers University
Synaptic plasticity in the developing nervous system

Mladen-Roko Rasin, MD/PhD
Associate Professor, Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Role of post-transcriptonal processing events in the normal and lesioned development of neocortical neural stem cells and projection neurons

Troy A. Roepke, PhD

Assistant Professor, Animal Sciences
Rutgers University
Integration of hormonal signals on hypothalamic functions and neurotoxicology

Christopher Rongo, PhD
Professor, Genetics
Rutgers University – Waksman Institute
Synapse formation using C. elegans as a genetic model system

Benjamin Samuels, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Rutgers University
Molecular and circuit mechanisms underlying treatment-resistant depression


Dipak Sarkar, PhD
Professor II and Director Endocrine Program, Dept. of Animal Sciences
Rutgers University
Influences of stress and drug abuse on neuroendocrine and neuroimmune systems

Federico Sesti, PhD  
Professor, Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Role of K+ channels in basic neuronal function and disease

Tracey J. Shors, PhD
Professor, Psychology
Rutgers University
Neurogenesis and sex differences in learning and memory

Gleb Shumyatsky, PhD
Associate Professor, Genetics
Rutgers University
Molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying memory of fear

Steven Silverstein, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry; Director of Schizophrenia Research
Rutgers University of Behavioral HealthCare
Cognitive neuroscience of visual processing and memory in schizophrenia; cognitive remediation of schizophrenia

Patricia K. Sonsalla, PhD
Professor of Neurology - Co-Director Neural and Injury Repair graduate course
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Neurodegeneration, cell death and models of Parkinsonism.

Michael V. K. Sukhdeo, PhD
Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
Center for Research on Animal Parasites
Rutgers University
Parasitology: How parasites fit into ecological food webs

Smita Thakker-Varia, PhD
Associate Professor, Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Assistant Dean of Graduate Academic and Student Affairs
Director of Biomedical Science Program
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Neurotrophic factors and neuropeptides in neuronal development, brain injury and mental disorders

Max Tischfield, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - CHINJ

Craniofacial, brain and vascular biology and the relationship to disease

 

Elizabeth B. Torres, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Rutgers University
Brain-body coupling during natural activities with clinical applications

David S. Vicario, PhD
Professor I, Psychology
Rutgers University
Sensorimotor processes involved in the acquisition and production of learned behaviors.

William G. Wadsworth, PhD
Professor, Pathology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Guidance of dorsal and ventral cell and axonal migrations in the nematode, C. elegans, by a laminin-related extracellular matrix protein, UNC-6.

George Wagner, PhD
Professor, Psychology
Rutgers University
Animal models of Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia

Mark O. West, PhD
Professor, Psychology
Rutgers University
Electrophysiological analysis of basal ganglia and limbic circuits in the rat during cocaine self-administration and habit formation

Wise Young, MD/PhD
Professor and The Richard H. Schindell Chair In Neuroscience
Director W M Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience
Rutgers University
Brain and spinal cord injury research.

Huaye Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Regulation of Dendritic Spine Morphogenesis and Synaptic Plasticity

Renping Zhou, PhD
Professor, Chemical Biology/ Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Rutgers University
Molecular biology of axonal guidance and neural map formation

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